The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore the floodplain at the department’s Ponds 4 and 5 property in the Wapato reach of the lower Yakima River. This is one of a suite of proposed projects to address river flow, constriction, and habitat issues in the lower Yakima River being shepherded by the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. The work will address a failing levee that has broader safety implications to the adjacent Interstate 82.